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Varga, Canadian Metal

by: Carline Lew

Metal. We all know of some religious Metal fans out there, and here is some good news for the disciples Metal!

Varga, the Ontario based “Heavy Progressive/Thrash Metal” band, is working hard to get things moving again, recently releasing two new albums. The two new albums are called “Enter the Metal”, and the latest, “Return of the Metal”.

The band was formed clear back in 1989, by rebel youngsters, Dan Fila on drums, and Joe Varga, bass and vocals. Soon after Joe and Dan got together, they added Sean WIlliamson and Adam Alex, both on guitar. Varga began their career playing cover songs at local Ontario gigs, which expanded to all of Canada. During this time, with their creative juices working overtime, they developed their own tunes and style. Then, as their popularity grew in Canada, they began getting gigs in Europe, touring with such bands as Metallica, Type O Negative and White Zombie. They made some albums (they have six albums all together) and even had some hits in the states, with tunes such as ‘Greed”. Sadly, the band had labeling problems, and other things in life happen, so the band went on hiatus for 13 years.

Fortunately, the band has some die hard Canadian and European fans, and in 2013, they got it together and started playing at venues in Canada, as well as producing “Enter the Metal”, and in 2014 coming out with ‘Return of the Metal”. Varga’s current plans are to get back in the recording studio, February 2015. They have dates set up in Canada, and are making plans to tour Europe.

What is the difference between Heavy Progressive/Thrash Metal and Metal, or Death Metal, you may ask? Well, the difference is that it can be described as a bit more complicated than your regular metal, but not as radical as Death Metal. Watching the band play is hypnotizing, exquisite and intricate, and Joe Varga has a vocal range like few out there. You can detect some of Judas Priest, Slayer, Motorhead and Black Sabbath influences in their music.

Tour manager James Shaffer, set us up with an interview with Dan Fila, Varga’s drummer, to give us a little insight into what is happening for the band.

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